These are the cheapest (and most expensive!) times to visit Disney World

When you think “family vacation,” Disney World is probably one of the first destinations to come to mind. The only problem? As much as you’d love to take your kids, saving money on Disney vacations seems impossible. Just by planning your travel dates strategically, though, you could save $100 a day—seriously.

Disney parks bases its prices on how busy it expects to be. Although multi-day ticket packs stay consistent the whole year, single-day adult tickets are either value ($99 at Disney World or $97 at Disneyland), regular ($107 or $110), or peak ($119 or $124) depending on the day. There are a few differences between the parks’ peak dates, but both follow the same trends. (Don’t miss these other 9 surprising differences between Disney World and Disneyland.)

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Sorry, you’ll just have to snap that perfect selfie the old-fashioned way since “hand-held extension poles for cameras and mobile devices” are prohibited.



Celebrating your kiddo’s birthday at one of Disney’s parks? Your best bet is to pack your gift unwrapped (and then wrap it once you’ve arrived) since employees must be able to inspect presents.


Wouldn’t it be nice if instead of standing in line for an hour to ride Thunder Mountain, you could just sit and wait? But unless it’s a mobility aid or cane-chair, folding chairs are on Disney’s restricted items list.


Remote-controlled objects (like drones) and toys (like radio-controlled cars) are not allowed inside Disney parks.


Sorry, Buster—no pets allowed. (Unless they’re service animals, of course.) Can’t imagine leaving your furry friend behind? Check out the on-site kennel where your pooch can spend the day.


If you’re planning on refilling your own water bottle, just make sure it’s made of steel or plastic since glass containers are banned from the parks due to the risk of breakage. (But small glass containers for baby food are fine.)


These plastic items are prohibited from the Animal Kingdom for the safety of the park’s animals.



The major rule of thumb: Avoid holidays. In 2017, Disney World’s peak prices lasted all the way from December 31 to January 3, 2018. (If you do need to travel then, use these tips for beating holiday crowds in Disney World.) Wait just a few weeks, and you’ll score a much better deal. Aside from Saturdays, the last two weeks of January will have the value price. Late March and early April—which falls over Easter and most students’ spring breaks—are also among the most expensive times to go. Summer prices peak from the last week of June through the 4th of July.

You might expect regular and high prices to last all summer, but kids with late starts to school are in luck—the last week of August is actually among the cheapest times to visit, and fall weekdays are also priced at a value. (Just don’t fall for these 10 things that are a waste of money on vacation.)

While your multi-day ticket won’t be affected by peak pricing, the calendars are a good indicator of how much you should expect to pay at a hotel. For instance, at value hotel Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort in Florida, a standard two-bed room goes the cheapest in late January, when rooms cost as little as $96 a night (or as low as $107 in early December), but bookings are the most expensive around Christmas and New Year’s, about $181 a night. Over a weeklong stay, those savings could add up to more than $500. The stakes are even higher at moderately priced Florida hotels like Disney’s Carribbean Beach Resort, where picking late January instead of late December saves as much as $101 a day. (Check out these 7 ways you can actually make money on vacation.)

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Killer shot!!!! #thisisdisney 📷: @the_little_pixie. ••• (#DisneyFoodBlog to see your pic featured)
Owl isn't sure about this rose cake pop 😂🌹#Disneyland
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These mini Mickey waffles are pretty much everything right now. #gottagettotokyo #tokyodisneyland 📷: @tableforlily 🙌🏻 (#disneyfoodblog to see your pic featured)
#mickeymouse shave ice from #Disney's Aulani in #Hawaii!!! My life is complete. 📷: @aly_sf #disneyfood #aloha #obsession . (#DisneyFoodBlog to see your pic featured)
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Waffle bowl pattern at Clarabelle's in #disneycaliforniaadventure ❤️ 📷: @diningindisney #disneyland #disneyfood
No Way Jose from Beaches & Cream at Disney's Beach Club Resort!
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Mickey #Pizza Bread at #tokyodisneyland!!!! 📷: @tokyodisneylorien (<-- Follow! She's super cool!)
Still loving this lotus blossom glow cube! Now available at several #Disney's #AnimalKingdom locations including Thirsty River Bar and Snacks.
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Meanwhile, in #AnimalKingdom 😍 #dolewhip #whynot #cantstayaway #justsayyes
Loving this #MickeyMouse cinnamon-sugar #donut from #disneylandshanghai! 📷: @snowflakespalmtreesandpretzels. (#DisneyFoodBlog to see your pic featured) #shanghaidisneyland #disneyfood #disney #breakfast
Berry Brickle at the #epcotflowerandgardenfestival is still a winner
#Pandora Night Blossom from Pongu Pongu #disney #disneyfood The "light up cup" is a souvenir cup with a glow pod that clips on. I like it since previous light up cups just break when you wash them.
Hello, old friend. I haven't had one of these cuties in a loooooong time. It's classic; soft and sweet with a touch of almond flavor. Don't overlook this one. #cookie #mickeymouse #disney #disneyfood #eatthis
The sparkles. Na'vi blueberry cheesecake at Satu'li Canteen in #Pandora #diseyworld #disneyfood
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#MinnieMouse cupcake at Gasparilla Grill in #Disney's Grand Floridian Resort has forgettable cake but dense and delicious cookies and cream frosting on top and as filling! Plus #cutebow
Chili Mac and Cheese -- secret menu item from Refreshment Corner in #Disneyland! #yum #sourdough #boudinbakery #macncheese
This #peanutbutter pie is still my second favorite dessert in #disneyworld! (After #Ohana bread pudding!) Get this at Contempo Cafe ❤️
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Lapu Lapu at Tambu Lounge in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort!
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Bottom line: A few weeks can make a big difference to your wallet. The holidays might be a convenient break for trips, but they’ll also cost you the most. Treat yourself to Holiday Break Part II later to stretch those dollars further.

Don’t miss these other 8 insider secrets for the best Disney vacation.

[Source: Coastal Living]

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